Sam Jackenthal still in critical condition
September 15, 2015
Sam Jackenthal, the 16-year-old freeskiier from Park City who was injured while skiing between camp sessions at Perisher Resort in Australia on Sept. 8, is still in a coma at Canberra General Hospital.
According to Jackenthal’s father, Ron’s, Facebook page, the family is awaiting results of neurological testing on Sam, but the pneumonia in his lungs is improving.
As of Tuesday morning, Team Park City United Executive Director Ryan Walsh said there were no new updates on Jackenthal’s condition. Updates will be posted on Team Park City United’s Facebook page and on teamparkcityunited.com as they become available.
Community support has been pouring in for Jackenthal, both in Australia and in Park City. A community support network has been set up for the Jackenthal family at https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/733156/request-to-join. Jackenthal’s GoFundMe page has had donations from Olympic slopestyle gold medalists Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenburg and the Park City High School girls’ soccer team, of which Jackenthal’s sister, Skylar, is a member, has contributed as well.
In March 2015, Jackenthal won first place in the men’s overall combined competition at the USSA Junior Nationals after performing well in the slopestyle, big air and halfpipe contests. He attends the Winter Sports School in Park City.
As of Tuesday morning, Jackenthal’s GoFundMe page had raised $65,455 of its $150,000 goal. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/samjackenthal.